Coronavirus Update - Message from the Superintendent - March 2

Coronavirus Message | March 2

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Dear Parents and Staff,

FCPS is working closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to monitor the latest updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are reinforcing the importance of ensuring students are following proper handwashing procedures before eating and after sneezing, coughing, or using the bathroom. We realize that time is a valuable commodity during the school day, and in today’s environment, hand washing should be a priority, so we are encouraging staff to provide ample time for students to wash their hands.  We are reinforcing with our custodial teams the importance of following our standard cleaning protocols by using hospital-grade disinfectants on frequently-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, faucet handles, and handrails. Hand sanitizer is available in all schools and if a student is showing signs of a cold or the flu, they should stay home.

As indicated in my message to you last week,  FCPS is in the process of reviewing and updating its existing pandemic influenza response plan.  The plan addresses the specific activities necessary to keep schools open and operating while providing a clean and safe environment during an outbreak and the essential functions that must be performed by FCPS if schools are closed. FCPS will continue to work closely with health officials to prepare for various scenarios that could develop.

Our overall goal would be to do all we can to maintain continuity of operations while minimizing student and staff exposure.

As of today, there are  no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Fairfax County or the D.C. region.  Updated information is being posted to this webpage: FCPS coronavirus-update and additional information is available from the Fairfax County Health Department .

To date, FCPS has cancelled international field trips and short-term visitations to and from some countries, based on CDC guidelines.

We will continue to provide you regular updates as this situation continues to rapidly evolve.

Sincerely,

Scott Brabrand
Superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools